For those of you who can afford the charter route, many of Kodiak's sea and float plane charters are either headquartered on Near Island or only parked there. For the casual visitor, the seaplanes are just another aspect of island life, along with the docks and local parks. For the diehard island visitor though, the seaplane is the general way one gets around the island, so most flightseeing tours or fishing charters will begin and end here. Most visitors do not spend their money in town. . .the pilots reap the financial harvest from most visitors.
You can hire float planes from a couple different operations in Trident Basin. This is the spot that most of the flyout fishing trips and Bear viewing flights leave from. As you come over the bridge take your first left and go to the end of the road and you will find it. It is about 1 mile from the bridge.
The only access to near island is by boat or to take the Fred Zharoff Memorial Bridge. Fred Zharoff was one of our local politicians that passed away in the 90's and the bridge was renamed after him. Before that it was named for the local Fire Dog that fell off the bridge in a freak accident. I've forgotten th dogs name already.
Well actually the Ferry Boat lands on Kodiak Island but you can watch the Ferry Boat come through the channel from the bridge that connects the two. It is a short walk to Near Island or you can easily drive. You could spend the day wandering around Near Island if you went to all of the sites.
The Ferry comes from either Homer or Seward several times per week. There are State Rooms available or you can camp in the Solarium. You would need a sleeping bag for that. If you are just walking on to the ship there shouldn't be much problem with a reservation but if you want to bring a vehicle in the summer months advanced reservations are hight recommended!! The ride is about 12-13 hours depending on weather.
The Fred Zharhoff memorial bridge is visible from town and runs off Rezanoff St. There is a walking land seperated from traffic by a concrete barrier, and this offers great views of the channel, and the town.
This has got to be the prettiest airport I have ever seen. It offers float plane services to remote places, and for wildlife viewing.